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Communications With Your Competitors and Trade Associations

To remain competitive and ahead of others in the evolving economy, Canadian companies have had to adjust their business strategies. This often means businesses are engaged in joint activities or are combining capabilities and resources with competitors in order to accelerate the pace of innovation and grab market share. Similarly, trade associations can advance common issues, but members and executives need to understand the rules or risk criminal allegations. The Competition Bureau has published Competitor Collaboration Guidelines, but some tricky issues remain.

Join us for an informative and engaging presentation from partners in our Competition & Foreign Investment Group, along with senior executives from the Competition Bureau, to gain insight into the do's and don'ts of competitor collaboration / trade associations.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Hard core cartels -- the "don'ts" of section 45
  • Competitor collaborations -- the "maybe's" of section 90.1
  • How the Bureau builds a case
  • Why the Bureau chooses to pursue criminal vs. civil
  • Cartel investigations - what to do if you are the target of a criminal investigation
  • Trade associations -- how can you protect your members?
  • Compliance programs -- what you need in place to avoid risk


This seminar counts for 1.0 Substantive CLE credits

Lawson Hunter, Counsel, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Katherine Kay, Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Susan Hutton, Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

If you have questions during or after the presentation regarding material covered, please contact any of the Stikeman Elliott presenters or panellists listed above.

Original Program Date: April 24, 2012, Toronto

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